When you travel to the Algarve, luxury is the name of the game. And if it’s luxury you’re after, you’d do well to eat out in some of the top restaurants and try as much traditional Portuguese cuisine as you can. In the Algarve you will get a rich variety of delicious, exciting meals to set your taste buds on fire. The combination of pork, chicken, herbs, wild plants, garlic and onions, all subtly spiced with paprika, cinnamon, saffron and piri piri, creates a varied and delicious cuisine; and of course, you can never go far in the Algarve without encountering every variety of fresh fish under the sun. Here are a few dishes you should make it your aim to try during your trip to the Algarve.
Ameijoas na CataplanaThe majority of people today often find that the act of going to a new and exotic location for various leisure activities is a much anticipated happening. Whether the trip is for a summer vacation, a ski trip or for that matter any special trip you need only to decide that it would be a good time to go on a trip and simply pack up. The problem is that can be an expensive proposition. Not everybody can afford to buy a plane ticket or can they afford to book a luxury accommodations or in many cases they simply do not have the necessary money to spend when they get to their chosen location for their planned vacation. If you know where to look for it traveling does not have to be expensive. If this idea interests you then you should read on.
1. Use the Internet! People with access to the Internet will find it simple to search for discount travel offerings ranging from airlines, hotels, villas for rent, cruises or even car rentals. Almost all tourist related businesses around the world now have a web site so that you can go to and get the needed information before actually finishing your vacation plans. You can always call the sellers directly and get more information.
2. Be flexible about the day and time you travel. During the slow days of the week you can usually find many special deals or discount prices for both airline tickets and accommodations. Airlines may offer seven or eight flights to your destination on a particular day. Say if you have to depart in the morning, check out the three or four departures that leave in the morning. Since airlines charge for tickets according to the availability of seats on the plane, moving your time by just one hour or so may save you a large amount of cash.
3. You can also save is by going with a group such as a tour group, travel group or travel club. Group travel is usually arranged ahead of time by travel agencies. They buy in bulk, often chartering a whole airplane and reserving a large block of rooms to get the very lowest price.
4. Book early! Make your trip plans well in advance. Book your cruise a year in advance for the vest discounts, and take advantage of low rail fares just after the holidays. If you make your reservations several months before the trip you usually can get your choice of flights and rooms at the lowest rates.
5. Travel during the low season. For example, go to the Caribbean and Mexico in the summer because in the winter rates for accommodations and flights rise. Caribbean cruises are cheaper when you go in the fall versus winter or spring. Hawaii is less costly from mid-September to mid-December. Europe’s best deals are available between Thanksgiving and Easter when the Europeans are not on vacation.
6. In a foreign country convert money at a local bank for the best rates. ATMs affiliated with major international banks are great, but watch out for foreign ATMs. While they usually won’t charge you a fee, your bank may charge you one! Check out your bank’s policies before you travel.
These are but a few of the countless ways you can make your vacation cost less. All you have to do is be resourceful and pick the best time to travel and you can realize that dream vacation that you have wanted so long without breaking your family budget.
Author Resource:- M Gravlee is a travel writer based out of Akumal, Mexico.
On your Algarve luxury holiday, if you’re after an authentic, traditional eating experience then you should start with Ameijoas na Cataplana, the most famous dish of all. The dish consists of baby clams and sausages combined with onion, presunto (cured ham), tomato, paprika, garlic and white wine. These are all cooked up in a kind of traditional copper pressure cooker called the Cataplana, which helps to preserve the flavours.
Carne de Porco a Alentejana
This is a very traditional pork dish that you should definitely try when you travel to the Algarve. Luxury cuisine in the Algarve is all about sticking to the delicious local dishes, and Carne de Porco a Alentejana is certainly that. It consists of pork marinated in white wine with herbs and spices, and then fried along with clams, potatoes and coriander to create a succulent, mouth-watering dish.
If you want to try a world-famous dish, then chicken piri-piri is a Portuguese speciality that you can find in the Algarve. Luxury travellers who like their food will find this a delight, and you can never find a better chicken piri-piri than in Portugal. Consisting of chicken marinated in a sauce of paprika, cumin, oregano, olive oil, lemon juice and, of course, piri piri, it is a fiery treat that is definitely a popular one to try.
Cozido à Portuguesa
This stew is mostly eaten during the winter, although you should be able to find it whenever you travel to the Algarve. Luxury sun seekers should find time to try this delight from the Beira region. The dish consists of a stew of different kinds of meat, including shin of beef, pork and sometimes chicken, all served up with vegetables and smoked sausages. It is nothing short of delicious.
There are hundreds of other traditional meals that you should try when you visit the Algarve. Luxury travellers will want to try as much as they can, and you won’t have to go far to find delicacies involving delicious fresh fish. Portugal has the highest consumption of fish per capita in Europe, and this is obvious when you visit the Algarve. The most common type of fish is bacalhau (cod), which is normally dried and salted then soaked before being cooked. However, pretty much every type of fish is on offer here.
Also be sure to try Sera da Estrela cheese – a delicious, soft cheese made from sheep’s milk. This is the most famous of Portugal’s fantastic cheeses and is always made by hand to strict specifications.
John Dixon is Managing Director of Prestige Holidays, a specialist travel company who have provided a wide portfolio of Algarve luxury holidays, as well as many other destinations around the world, for over 30 years.